the workroom loves you

the workroom loves you

There are just two things we know for sure right now. the workroom loves you and we love what we do. We are slowly establishing a new rhythm and routine that now includes single person shifts in the shop, so we can continue to social distance while keeping your orders moving. Shipping & Curbside Pick Ups will resume April 3rd. Please continue to check the website for our ever changing updates.

Orders are shipping out in sequence, so the sooner you place your order the sooner it will be ready to ship/for pick up. Timelines are considerably slower as we catch up, but we hope to get things moving more quickly very soon. 

Curbside Pick Up Schedule

Friday April 3, 12-5pm
Saturday April 4, 12-5pm

Hitting the Pause Button

Hitting the Pause Button

Looks like we all need to pause for a couple weeks.

While we have already been closed since March 17th, we will now slow everything right down. There will just be a single person checking in on the shop and orders over this extended closure period. We will be leaving our online shop open, but any new orders will be held in queue until we can be back in the shop, shipping safely to you in April. All current orders from prior to March 24th have been packed and shipped. Curbside pick up is on hold for any new orders. We hope you will still shop the site and think of it as pre-ordering for your April projects. (You may want to check out the actual Merchant & Mills pre-order!)

Daily Update : March 24

Daily Update : March 24

Curbside Pick Up Hours - 12-8pm
Park at the side of the building 83 Elm Grove or in front of the shop at 1267 Queen West. Call 416-534-5305 to let us know you are here and we will pop your package out the side door or into your trunk.

Cotton Jacquards

Cotton Jacquards

Our new order of Merchant & Mills Cotton Jacquards arrived yesterday and it's just as lovely as ever. What are you planning on making with this amazing fabric? We've seen some great makes as a simple baby blanket with binding, Wiksten Shift Tops (more copies coming soon!), Haori Jackets, Papercut Sapporo Coat, Merchant & Mills Fielder Shirt and Named Esme Cardigan to name a few. You can find some inspiration and photos at #cottonjacquard. We can't wait to see your show & tell!
Andrea Tsang Jackson

Andrea Tsang Jackson

Learn to make lovely faceted patchwork gems using Machine Paper Piecing in Andrea Tsang Jackson's Gemology : Round Gemstone Block workshop in March. Andea will walk you through how to think about colour and achieve transparency effects with fabric, too. We're excited to welcome Andrea to the workroom for the first time to share this fun block from her new book, Gemology. 
Heart Crafted 2020

Heart Crafted 2020

Heart Crafted is happening this Sunday February 9, 12-5pm and we're so excited to see you there. This is hands down our favourite event of the new year and always cheers us up in the hardest part of winter. We've gathered together a wonderful group of vendors who are bringing their best to the show
Merchant & Mills Woolsey

Merchant & Mills Woolsey

We are delighted to have a few bolts of Merchant & Mills Woolsey in the shop, this fabric does not disappoint in person. Woolsey is a wool/linen double gauze that has been pre-laundered at the mill to make the softest fabric to ever exist.

This cloth has two layers of linen/wool which are invisibly stitched together. This helps to trap air between the layers, which in turn keeps you very toasty. This fabric is beautiful for dressmaking as well as cushions, throws, curtains and would even make a very cosy scarf.

Sashiko

Sashiko

There is no doubt we saw a huge surge of interest in everything Sashiko last year. The meditative slow stitching and geometric designs make this Japanese embroidery technique a wonderful entry into bold handwork. If you're just trying it for the first time we've almost always got a Sashiko class starting this Wednesday January 15th. If you've already dabbled with Sashiko, you may want to try Carolanne's newer workshop Sashiko Pillowcase. We have a huge range of sashiko thread, needles and samplers in stock as well.
Ruby Star Society Darlings

Ruby Star Society Darlings

The new Ruby Star Society Darlings collection is already a hit and we've just received it! This collection of 32 prints is a compilation of some iconic prints by Melody Miller, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight, Sarah Watts and Rashida Coleman-Hale. It's been fun to see which ones are your favourites as the bolts start to get thinner. Take advantage of this second chance for these fun prints.
Liberty Summer House

Liberty Summer House

Liberty of London Summer House is a great mix of floral, fruit and architectural patterns. This collection is printed on smooth Lasenby cotton which Liberty specifically designed for quilters but it also supports sewers and crafters of all kinds. We've seen some great garments made with this weight of cotton from past Liberty collection too.